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PHOTOS: Veteran portraits from afar

Post Independent staff photographer Chelsea Self reached out to Renew Assisted Living Center hoping to find a way to still feature and recognize the veteran residents on Veterans Day even during a pandemic. She worked with Renew Experiences Director Laine Fabijanic to set up a portrait session in a way that safely followed the COVID-19 restrictions.

By following social distancing guidelines, each veteran resident was brought just outside the assisted living center and allowed to sit on a bench while Chelsea Self used a telephoto lens to take portraits while staying at least 15 feet away.

We asked each resident, if they had one, to bring with them a portrait from their time in the service for a glimpse into the past, as well as when and where they served in the military. These are their portraits and stories:

Carlton “Hub” Hubbard served in the United States Army in the 31st Infantry as a medic and sergeant from 1951-1953. He served in Pennsylvania, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Camp Atterbury and received medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
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A photograph of Hubbard during his time in the service.
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Don Lemos served in the United States Coast Guard as a Boatswain’s Mate in Long Beach, California from 1958-1960.
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Albert “Bud” Selsor served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943-1946. He received the Purple Heart and served at Pearl Harbor, Marshall Islands and Guam.
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Frank “Buzz” Tokar served as a private first class in the United States Army Intelligence Fifth Infantry as a mechanic in Fort Carson, Colorado from 1961-1966.
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A portrait of Tokar during his time in the U.S. Army.
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Hjalmar “Hal” Sundin served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946 and attended the V12 School where he graduated college at the age of 19. He attended the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and was commissioned as an ensign before being raised to a LTJG or a Lieutenant (junior grade) before serving in the reserves from 1946-1954.
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A photograph of Sundin during his time in the Navy.
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Phil Lane was drafted as a junior in high school into the United States Army 10th Mountain Division in World War II where he scouted against the Germans in Italy.
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A photograph of Lane from his time in the Army.
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Glenwood’s Wilson, Rifle’s Smith lead Garfield County wrestling contingent to state finals next weekend

Glenwood Springs senior Amos Wilson leads a pack of 15 Garfield County prep wrestlers to the state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver Feb. 20-22.

Wilson (36-4) won the 182-pound championship at the Class 3A Regionals in Montrose on Saturday, en route to earning the No. 1 seed in his weight classification for the state meet.

At Regionals, Wilson wrestled his way into the championship match against Zebuel Alexander of Gunnison, winning by fall in 1:46. He’ll face Christian Scanderett (5-7) of Resurrection Christian in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday.

Two other area wrestlers won Regional titles on Saturday: Rifle senior Cauy Smith (32-4) at 126 pounds, and Basalt’s Ernesto Lopez (29-3) at 285 pounds.

Rifle’s Cauy Smith, front, in action earlier this season in Rifle.
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Smith, one of eight Rifle wrestlers who qualified for state, won by virtue of a 6-2 decision over Grand Valley’s Hector De la Cruz, who also qualifies for state. Both will enter state as mid-range seeds — Smith facing Daniel Matthews (32-7) of Valley to open the tournament, and De la Cruz (30-10) taking the mat against Seth Marick (40-12) of Sterling.

In the team competition at the 3A Regionals, Rifle was fourth behind champion Pagosa Springs, Alamosa and Moffat County. Grand Valley was eighth and Glenwood 13th.

Lopez will be one of two Basalt representatives at the 3A state meet.

He defeated Grand Valley’s Hayden Grice by fall in 3:07 for the Regional win, and will face Ryan Metzger (8-15) of La Junta on Thursday to open the state tournament.

Joining Lopez will be Longhorns’ wrestler Ruben Samuelson (37-1) at 170 pounds. The Roaring Fork High student who wrestles for Basalt took second at Regionals, losing a 6-0 decision in the title match to Hunter Smith of Alamosa. He’ll face No. 2 seed Randy Duran (31-8) of Jefferson to open the state meet.

Other state qualifiers from area high schools and their opening matchups include:

106 pounds — Rifle sophomore Hunter Bercher (23-11 and fourth at Regionals) vs. No. 5 Matthew Medina (33-5) of Eagle Valley.

120 pounds — Rifle sophomore Caleb Gieselman (19-6 and fourth at Regionals) vs. No. 5 Nadim Karger (35-6) from Sky View.

132 pounds — Rifle senior Talon Cordova (29-13 and fourth at Regionals) vs. No. 1 seed junior Zane Rankin (32-1) of Lamar.

138 pounds — Rifle junior Bryce Rowley (41-12 and third at Regionals) vs. No. 3 Talyn Massie (27-11) of Berthoud; and Glenwood Springs senior Erik Krauth (30-12 and fourth at Regionals) vs. Isaiah Rios (36-2) from Valley.

152 pounds — Grand Valley senior Conrad Demann (18-8 and fourth at Regionals) vs. Walker Kee (17-6) of Lamar.

160 pounds -— Rifle senior Dillon Tiffany (24-6 and second at Regionals) vs. Cole Nading (28-10) of Mullen.

195 pounds -— Rifle junior Alex Guardado (33-13 and fourth at Regionals) vs. Enoc Macias-Castilo (36-5) of Arvada

285 pounds — Grand Valley sophomore Hayden Grice (31-11 and second at Regionals) vs. Kyle Good (32-12) James Irwin; and Rifle senior Alejandro Robles (32-15 and fourth at Regionals) vs. Sy Spitz (21-4) of Lamar.